Yui Matsuo did his internship at The UN Environment Programme, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada between April and August 2017.
I have participated in the Internship Programme of the UN Environment Programme, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) for four months during the period between 24 April and 18 August 2017. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Monitoring, Review and Reporting unit of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, I have:
- Searched for, review articles, catalogues on ecosystem services and summarize recent published scientific literature relevant to selected Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which could update the Technical Series 78 as new scientific evidences;
- Prepared, for each of the selected Aichi Biodiversity Targets, an overview of this literature assessing the level of progress made towards and likelihood of achieving the respective Target; and
- Participated in other relevant activities of the Monitoring, Review and Reporting unit.
Advantage of this internship:
- It was a great opportunity to learn how the UN staff and systems work with multicultural backgrounds and dynamicity in establishing connection with some of the staffs.
I have learned ecosystem services deeply through different perspectives, such as linkage between ecosystem services and biodiversity and the linkage between ecosystem services and social factors, such as indigenous peoples and human well-being.
Disadvantage of this internship:
- The TOR was updating scientific assessment, in which the main work is literature review. Therefore, it might not be exciting for the students who are imagine to participate the active and busy on-going project.
- Most of the UN internship is unpaid, so the applicant must have a budget for visa, flight tickets and living expenses in the assigned city.